2015-04-30T120926Z_1_LYNXMPEB3T0ME_RTROPTP_2_USA-ELECTION-SANDERS

Liberal U.S. Senator Sanders to challenge Clinton in 2016 race

U.S. Senator Sanders holds news conference after announcing his candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, launched a long-shot bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday, a move likely to pressure Hillary Clinton from the left on issues from income inequality to corporate governance. “How do we create an economy that works for all of our people, rather than a small number of billionaires?” The 73-year-old, second-term senator faces long odds against the fund-raising might and name recognition of Clinton – the Democratic front-runner and former U.S. secretary of state, senator and first lady – to head the Democratic presidential slate in the November 2016 election. Sanders highlighted his fight against authorizing the Iraq war, which Clinton voted for as a senator, and his opposition to trade deals that liberals and labor unions fear could hurt American workers. Clinton has not expressed her position but said trade deals should help workers and protect U.S. security.

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